A. Reading Comprehension
Read this article on kwik cricket and answer the questions which follow it.
Cricket is not the easiest sport to introduce to youngsters. The traditional game demands time and patience and a high level of skill, something that small children do not always possess. They like action and non-stop involvement compressed into short periods of the primary school day.
The London Schools' Cricket Project has met these difficulties head-on. Desperately keen that more youngsters should be introduced to the sport, it sends coaches to hundreds of primary schools to give concentrated instruction and supervision of Kwik cricket.
The William Davies School in Forest Gate, East London did not have the most cheerful of January afternoons last week to introduce youngsters to England's traditional summer game. The sun may have been shining but a sharp wind cut across the playground. With 30 pupils eager to exercise, it did not seem a suitable day for refining individual technique.
Yet, what was remarkable was the amount of individual tuition that was possible by one coach, while still keeping the interest of the rest of the class. During bowling practice, the youngsters would deliver their balls and then run across the tarmac to swap places with their partners. In this way, not only did they keep warm, but they also got more exercise.
Vic Griffith, the coach said: "I always try to get their attention, to get them to focus on me and, while they are in the cold, to get them in move up and down. They should have as much enjoyment and exercise as possible.
At this co-educational school, he is preaching, if not always to the converted, at least to the interested. 95% of the 250 pupils come from the ethnic minorities, particularly the Indian sub-continent.
Gill Gordon, the head teacher said: "They know far more about cricketers than footballers and their fathers will often play cricket with them on the park. They support England against Australia or the West Indies, but when England are playing India or Pakistan, they sometimes don't know where they are."
She has always welcomed the Project's suggestion to send in a coach for five sessions a year.
"Cricket teaches teamwork and the discipline of learning a game, with its rules and need for fairness,"
The project has a budget of about £100,000 for this year to help pay for two full-time and ten part-time coaches to tour the London schools. This total includes £5,000 from Tesco - the supermarket chain - plus a further £5,000 from the government and funds from charitable and cricket trusts and donations from the schools.
Oliver McClintock, the debuty coordinator of the Project, says: "We are not only creating the players of the future. We are also creating the parents and paying public of the future."
This hour-long session ended with 25 minutes of Kwik cricket, which allows everyone to have a go either hitting Griffith's deliveries across the playground to everyone's delight or missing the ball."
One pupil, Bilal Hassan, 9, said: " I like whacking the ball a long way." He was bowled by one ball that may have turned on the tarmac. "The ball went wonky", he said.
(a) Are the following statements true or false?
1. Traditional cricket is an ideal game for young children.
2. Secondary schools have been involved in the Project.
3. The coach tries to keep children as active as possible.
4. The William Davies School is a multi-cultural school for boys and girls.
5. The parents have encouraged their children's interest in cricket.
6. The head teacher is disappointed with the benefits the children get from the game.
7. A number of organisations have contributed money to the Project.
8. The Project hopes to make an impact on cricket in the future.
9. Not all the children get a chance to hit the ball during the session.
(b) Read the article again and write a summary describing the aim of the project, the best approach for teaching cricket to young children, and the reasons why the William Davies School supports the project. Your summary should not be longer than 100 words. Use your own words as far as possible.
Source: Success International by Marian Barry